Scripture Texts: Romans 15:14-33; Psalms 23
"The Lord is my shepherd, I have all that I need." These words open what is possibly the most known Psalm of them all. These words and the entire Psalm remind us that God is ever-present, and ever-providing for our needs. Whether it is in the darkest of times or in times of celebration, God is constant.
Who is the shepherd of your marriage? It might seem strange to think about a marriage having a shepherd until we think about the role a shepherd fulfills. The shepherd is the one who cares for the sheep, the one who makes sure they are safe, and have everything they need. In other words the shepherd is the one person on who the sheep can rely totally and completely.
So, who is the shepherd of your marriage? Too often we try to shepherd our own marriage. Every effort is taken to provide for our own needs, to provide our own safety and protection. Only to fall short and continue to be in need. God can be the shepherd of our marriage. in fact God desires to be the shepherd of our marriage. The challenge is whether or not we will let God be our shepherd..
Before we simply embrace God as our shepherd we must remember that the shepherd leads the sheep. Once we have a shepherd we submit to following wherever we are lead. This will mean the green pastures as well as the valley of the shadow of death. This will mean having an overflowing cup as well as having just enough. It will mean that our marriage is no longer our own but it is submitted to the shepherd.
Are you ready for God to be the shepherd of your life and your marriage?